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My hens are dying, vets says 2.5 years is old? true

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tammye, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. tammye

    tammye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am losing my 2 year 7 month old hens. Called a vet and he said they are old and succumb to disease more easily. This stinks!!
    I am wondering if I have a virus ect.. spreading throughout my flock or are they just old?? The three that have gone were small hens and very heavy layers.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    That's not really that old for a chicken. Alot of vets really don't know a whole lot about chickens. People don't often take them to the vet either. Do you hens display any symptoms?
     
  3. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed do you have and how close together were the deaths?
     
  4. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

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    I have hens that are 3 years old... fat & healthy and laying almost everyday! IMO 2 1/2 years old is not a point of 'Dying of old age' in your chickens...
     
  5. tammye

    tammye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    two that have died are BO's and now my Barred rock in ill. Suddenly lisless, not eating well, watery diarrhea, thin, very thirsty?? any ideas
     
  6. Evelle

    Evelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You totally have something going around if you have any more chicken best to qurentean the barred rock.
    The oldest living chicken (on record) was 16 died a few years ago.
     
  7. Quote:is that all the symptoms? anything else? shaking of the head? etc. any new birds added lately?
     
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  8. Evelle

    Evelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    What about worming? They could have some internal parasites that are killing them......
     
  10. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    To me that sounds like a bad case of worms [​IMG] but that would be odd for all of them to have it. And I think almost three years old could be a normal old age for hatchery stock chickens. Unfortunately it sounds like they're I'll, not just old [​IMG] good luck
     

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